|(L-R) Darren Vogler, Jon Watkin, Luca Segato, Mike Korb, Maurice Worsfold, Alistair Howard, Chris Worsfold, Bob Cameron, Nick Rowe. (Not shown: Mike Lamb, Jeff Werner)|
It was during this time that Victoria's amateur racing scene was also booming, with new blood emerging to follow the wake of success of Roland and Alison. A group of Victoria's top Cat 1 racers banded together to form one of Victoria's first Elite Road Cycling trade teams, Edgar & Miner Carpet One.
Originally founded by Bob Cameron, Luca Segato, Jon Watkin, and Darren Vogler, the team began pulling in Victoria's top racers such as Mike Korb and the twins Chris and Maurice Worsfold. In addition, two younger riders: Alistair Howard and Nick Rowe were also brought on board for development. Later in the season, Jeff Werner and Mike Lamb would join the team.
The team was able to secure Edgar & Miner Carpet One as the Primary Sponsor and Benton & Overbury as the presenter. The team was set up to ride Marinoni Bicycles and Team kit made by Sugoi. Additional support came from Pacific Coast Savings Credit Union (now Coast Capital), Bell Helmets, Deluxe Cleaning Services, CSD Design, GR Fairchild Concrete, RC Mitchelmore Painting, BellCom, Bagel Street Cafe, Royal Victoria Security Ltd., and Italian Food Imports.
Early on in the season, the team wasted no time in winning by taking the early Comox Cup and early Victoria Cycling League Races. The first big test was to race the Tour of Willamette in Eugene Oregon in April in order to not only build fitness, but to race against the top US teams. The race proved to be challenging for many of the riders and bad luck prevented some from advancing in the general classification. In the end, the team came back home humbled, but determined to fight on and show BC what they were made of.
|(L-R) Bob Cameron, Luca Segato, Nick Rowe, Alistair Howard - at the Bastion Square Grand Prix|
Mike Korb won the BC Cup - Comox Valley Stage Race while Jon Watkin won the Up-and-Over Highlands race. In the Tour de White Rock, Jon finished 5th in the Criterium with the help of an impressive lead out by team-mate, Darren Vogler. Darren himself finished 5th at the Mount Washington Hill Climb race. Alistair Howard and Nick Rowe were awarded the top juniors at the Bastion Square Grand Prix where they competed with World Cup track cyclists who were in Victoria at the time for Velodrome racing.
|Nick Rowe (L) and Alistair Howard (R)|
In the Victoria Cycling League, Jon Watkin took overall honours with Mike Korb and Bob Cameron taking the 2nd and 3rd place spots. In addition, the Edgar Miner team set new records in the Mount Doug, Nield Road, and Observatory Hill Climbs.
The team continued on in 1999 under the Acheson & Company Elite Cycling Team.